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Iron Age

Urns outside New Haven Museum

Like a mountain piled with strata, a city as old as New Haven is layered with the remains of its past. Sometimes a layer lies in plain view but goes unnoticed by nearly everyone who passes by. …

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Passage of Rites

In the tale of New Haven’s history, much is made of those hardy English Puritans who arrived in 1638. Yet this city has been profoundly shaped by those who arrived later…

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Found in Translation

A young visitor to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibition was trying to make sense of what he’d just been told: that he was looking at the very first written language in the world. Ever. …

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Town and City

The character of the New Haven Green, and therefore New Haven itself, owes much to Ithiel Town, by some accounts the city’s first professional architect. …

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Medical History

Bottles of penicillin, 1944

In March of 1942, Anne Miller lay dying at New Haven Hospital. …

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Rewinding

VideoLab on the Post Road in Orange is indeed a laboratory, where anachronistic yet sophisticated equipment is used to convert old media—mostly home movies—into new. But…

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Fast-Forwarding

Ron Davis is in what he calls the video conversion business, which means he’s really in the memory-saving business. …

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Forward March

Gerhard and Connors

On March 17, 1842, members of the Hibernian Provident Society gathered at eight o’clock in the morning on the southwest corner of Chapel and State Streets. …

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Parked and Wrecked

Eyesore or masterpiece? Few local attractions have drawn a more polarized response than Ghost Parking Lot, a public art installation that…

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Civil Disobedience

The corner of Edgewood Avenue and Garden Street near Amistad Academy Middle School has an extra green street sign. It identifies the spot as Constance B. Motley Corner, which rests…

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